Tanzania wildlife, people and beach vacation

“From the Serengeti to remote Lake Eyasi, this trip delivers the best wildlife viewing in northern Tanzania, as well as introducing you to the local people.”


Lake Manyara | ethnobotanical walk with Maasai guide | Lake Eyasi | hike into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area | Eyasi Rift | Olduvai Gorge | Serengeti National Park game drives | Ngogongoro Crater | stay in a beach banda on Fanjove Island | optional: Maasai boma visit

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Departure information

This trip can be arranged at any time to suit you, and adapted to your requirements as necessary.
Our top tip:
Save space and pack only the essentials - most lodges have an excellent laundry service.
Trip type:
Tailor made.
Activity level:
4 nights tented lodge, 3 in safari lodge, 2 in treehouse, 1 in beach banda.
Welcome, surcharges may apply at some accommodations
Accommodation, transfers, game drives, listed activities, private driver-guide.
9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 9 dinners.
Vacation type

Tailor made vacations

This trip can be tailor made to create a unique vacation for your individual requirements by travel experts with intimate knowledge of the destination. It is a more luxurious trip that will suit those who enjoy immersing themselves in new cultures and environments before relaxing in comfort. As this trip can be tailor made it would be helpful if you could you provide the following information: rough budget per person (stating with or without flights), your address and zipcode, contact phone number, preferred date of travel, length of trip, number of passengers, preferred countries and areas within those countries, specific interests & type of accommodation.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Tanzania wildlife, people and beach vacation


The safari lodges used on this itinerary are owned by a company which takes its responsibility towards the environment, wildlife and local people seriously. As regards the environment, a good example would be the eco-friendly water system used for the pool at Bashay Rift Lodge near the Ngorongoro Crater, and the hot water and electricity supplies being provided mostly by solar panels.

Fanjove Island has been all about the environment and people ever since it opened. The area used to be badly affected by explosives fishing and the coral reef was being badly affected. This has now been stopped, and the reef is being protected from illegal fishing. The lodge has minimal impact on the environment, using solar power, and recycling both waste water and also rubbish wherever possible. The lodge also helps the charity, Seasense, to collect data about and protect turtles here.

Your flights are automatically carbon offset through The Travel Forest, which plants indigenous trees on your behalf (currently in Malawi). Whilst the primary motivation for planting the trees is to offset carbon emissions, the project also works as a poverty alleviation and environmental improvement scheme.


Bashay Rift Lodge buys most of its food produce from the local villagers - including honey, eggs, fruit, vegetables and coffee. This is not the only way in which the safari camps help the local Maasai communities they are connect with. For years they have supported many communities with employment, and various development projects such as education and health help.
Given that many of the staff of all these camps are drawn from the local Maasai community, you will find that they are not as worldly as at some other camps, but they are being trained all the time and this important. Obviously, the other side of that is that the friendly welcome you get from them is very genuine, and they try very hard to please all guests.

Fanjove Island was minimally inhabited and now no-one lives here permanently. The inhabitants were helped to move to nearby Songo Songo where they can have a better lifestyle. The lodge buys as much food as possible from Songo Songo and its community, and they have a role in education the local people about their damaging impact on the environment with previous ways of fishing. This is proving hugely beneficial to all, and the area is increasingly teeming with marine life.

18 Reviews of Tanzania wildlife, people and beach vacation

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 22 Feb 2017 by

The most memorable was The vast variety of animals and birds observed often in large numbers and close up. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Aug 2011 by

A marvellous vacation that exceeded expectations in all areas! Most memorable was the incredible wildlife in both Selous and Ruaha national Parks, plus the coral reefs we saw around Mafia Island - truly spectacular. Lack of other tourists was a major plus. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Jan 2009 by

Everything was wonderful. The setting perhaps captures most of it - staying in beautiful places in the midst of the national parks and conservation areas, where the animals were everywhere (from in camp to close by during game drives). Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Oct 2008 by

We were lucky enough to see a cheetah hunting a gazelle. Unfortunately the cheetah was unsuccessful but it made the hairs stand up on the back of your neck and you really felt the thrill of the chase watching the animals in action. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Aug 2008 by

Most memorable was seeing the great diversity of wildlife and landscapes, from the wildebeest on the plains, lions on the rocks, flamingos in the lakes and dolphins in the sea! Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Dec 2007 by

Besides the great location, accommodations and game drives; it was the staff that made this part most memorable and the highlight of our honeymoon. Our guide and driver were excellent, as was the hospitality of our hosts Gaia and Paolo. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Jan 2007 by

The whole vacation was remarkable from start to finish. The two game lodges in Selous we stayed in were both absolutely terrific and suitably different from the jungle environment and terrific views at Sable Mountain lodge to the hippo filled river. Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Oct 2007 by

The sunsets from our treehouse at Chole Mjini were perfect. Excellent. A perfect honeymoon - we're already looking forward to going back one day! Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Jul 2007 by

Driving through the Serengeti with wildebeest, zebra, and giraffe as far as the eye could see. Also sitting eating lunch at the lodge looking across the acacia trees at the classic East African landscape. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Nov 2006 by

It was our first visit to Africa. I can now understand why so many people have a love affair with Africa! It is impossible vast and breathtaking. The people were friendly and welcoming. It's a surprising land of contrasts. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Sep 2006 by

The whole vacation was uplifting, awe-inspiring, life-changing. I defy anyone to go and not come back a different person! We will definitely be making another trip. Our guide was excellent. Can't recommend them enough. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Apr 2006 by

Being able to interact in a non tourist environment with the Maasai community in Loliondo was the ultimate for us once we had experienced the animals this section of our trip was personally very rewarding and meaningful. Read full review

Reviewed on 31 Dec 2006 by

The best part was finding that despite exciting, big screen footage of animals in the wild on the Discovery Channel or Planet Earth shows that children see easily these days, there is nothing to beat the real thing and my three boys of 11, 14 and 16 were equally thrilled for the week we were in Northern Tanzania. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Jul 2006 by

Apart from the obvious highs of seeing cheetah in the Serengeti and 6 rhino in Ngorongoro, we loved the fabulous locations of all of the tented camps - Kisima Ngeda at Lake Eyasi, and Mt Makarot in particular. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Oct 2005 by

Most memorable was the very relaxing atmosphere at Sand River. The amazing architecture and people on pretty Chumbe. The dedication of the people working on Chumbe. All the animals. Sleeping under the stars in the Selous. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Sep 2005 by

Kahawa Shamba in the foothills of Kilamanjaro was the highlight of the vacation. Amazing people. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Feb 2005 by

The most memorable part of the trip was the tree house in Naitolia camp, the view over Ngorongoro from the rim & the campfire at ndutu camp. Read full review

Reviewed on 30 Dec 2005 by

Highlights were the safari in Serengeti, Camp in Serengeti and the lodge and hiking/guiding in the local area by Lake Eyasi. Read full review

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